Cisco Systems is forming a business unit to offer application acceleration and network optimisation products.
The move comes four months after the company's acquisition of network optimisation specialist Fineground Networks.
Cisco's Application Networking Delivery unit will offer the Application Velocity System (AVS) appliances, which is designed to improve the performance of datacentres. The AVS 3180 and AVS 3120 appliances accelerate and optimise HTML or XML-based applications going over HTTP or HTTPS networks. Cisco is also offering an application monitoring console.
In addition, Cisco has consolidated its separate content caching and Wide Area File System products onto a single hardware platform with the Wide Area App- lication Engine for branch offices.
The product is designed to reduce the number of servers in the datacentre while delivering improved performance for remote users across the wide area network.
Cisco is competing against the likes of F5 Networks and Juniper Networks in the application acceleration and network optimisation market.